Almonte - Frank Cosentino
From calling plays on the football field to writing books in the Ottawa Valley, Frank Cosentino
has intertwined his
love of sports and history throughout his
The 14 books he
had previously written in his
academic life as a university professor were sports-related.This was a natural outgrowth of his
teaching (University of Western Ontario, York University and the University of Ottawa) which mixed athletics, sports and sports history.His
latest book, about the unusual background to the name of the town of Almonte, is unrelated to sports.It sets the story of Juan Nepomuceno Almonte, a Mexican general and diplomat from whom the Ottawa Valley town took its name, against unrest in Upper Canada. It's the kind of book that local authors dream of researching, involving trips south during the worst of Canadian seasons: winter.After a career as quarterback with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts, Cosentino turned to teaching various sports-related university courses at the University of Western Ontario.He
also coached the University of WesternOntario Mustangs
successfully for five years, winning the Vanier Cup in 1971 and 1974.At York University, where he became chair and director of the program of physical education and athletics, he picked up the football again.
"I felt pressured to get back into football coaching," he
says."The team was doing badly and there was some movement to drop it.I didn't want that to see that happen while I was director."
The beautiful Bonnecherre Valley west of Ottawa, where Cosentino
wife Sheila make their home in Eganville, is a huge change from his
home in Toronto.They love it there, and Cosentino
has become fascinated with the local sports lore.